VIDEO: Dan Walters says some Republicans are getting in touch with reality by backing immigration reform.
In honor of the 100th anniversary of Rosa Parks' birth today, Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, and Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, are planning a floor resolution to honor the civil rights icon. They'll be joined by members of the women's, LGBT and Latino caucuses.
On the Senate side, lawmakers will recognize the winners of this year's James Irvine Foundation's leadership awards -- Aida Cardenas of Los Angeles, Karen Christensen of Capitola, José Quiñonez of San Francisco, and Stuart Cohen, Jeff Oxendine and Jill Vialet, all of Oakland.
Sen. Kevin de León, Senate Republican leader Bob Huff, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Sen. Ed Hernandez and Assembly Republican leader Connie Conway will present the awards during a luncheon before the floor session.
In the Assembly, the Transportation Committee is taking a look at Assembly Bill 8, by Assemblyman Henry T. Perea, D-Fresno, that would provide grants and loans aimed at encouraging alternative fuel technology.
You may remember a story from back in early January about how ousted members of Congress didn't have district offices, leaving constituents with nowhere to direct suggestions, constructive criticism and general verbal abuse. Freshman Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, who unseated Republican incumbent Dan Lungren, was in a similar boat until today -- when Bera's district office in Rancho Cordova is opening its doors.
As part of a speaker series at the California Department of Education, the department is holding a talk on how educators use the California Career Resource Network to help students pursue their career goals.The event runs from 10 to 11 a.m. at 1430 N St. in Sacramento.
In judicial news, San Mateo County recently announced plans to lay off employees and close some courthouses. Officials in the court system have been pleading with Gov. Jerry Brown to restore some of the funding they've lost in years of cutbacks, which have led to reduced services and staffing.
PHOTO CREDIT: Lilyann J. Mitchell, 74, holds a book about her friend, Rosa Parks, who she met in Detroit about 40 years ago. Autumn Payne / Sacramento Bee file, 2005